In the second to last game of the Ottawa Senators’ long home stand, the New York Rangers will be visiting Scotiabank Place. The Bank will be rocking, as it is always a good game when the Rangers come to Ottawa. Ottawa can sweep the season series with a win tonight, while New York is trying to add to their small lead in the Eastern Conference’s 8th spot.
Earlier this month, Ottawa and New York battled against each other, this time at Madison Square Garden. The hard fought game had Ottawa coming on out of New York with a timely win.
Since last year’s entertaining playoff series, New York and Ottawa now have a small hatred towards one another. Ottawa arguably deserved to win the series, and due to Henrik Lundqvist’s magnificent goaltending, New York was able to make it on to the next round.
New York has a stellar roster, and even though they aren’t the dream team everyone was imagining them to be, the Rangers can still be deadly. With the addition of Rick Nash, the Rangers are adding to their already talented firepower. Derek Stepan and Marian Gaborik, alongside Nash are all having a terrific season. It will be interesting to see what this team can do in a full length 82 game season.
Ottawa just needs to keep doing what they are doing. Time and time again, we keep hearing about how Ottawa is successful without any of their leading top scorers from last season. The Senators have been tanks at the Bank so far this season, and coming out with another win will just add to their already amazing season.
According to sportsclubstats.com, Ottawa has a 99.2% of making the playoffs. New York has a 65.8% of making the playoffs. At the end of tonight’s game, those percentages can either drop or rise, depending on the final outcome.